This may be the first Ahnishinahbæótjibway book, but it must not be the last. There are other Ahnishinahbæótjibway writers, men as well as women, who know their own language, and can also speak and write in fluent English, and who have something extremely important to say. There are Aboriginal Indigenous writers coming world-wide, and what they have to say is critical for all of the people of Grandmother Earth, from all of the ancient and profound philosophies of the Aboriginal Indigenous peoples of this world.
Our understanding of the world, our Aboriginal Indigenous thought has never been translated. There have been a handful of Western Europeans who have transcended their language and enculturation, but the vast majority of the peoples of Western European Civilization have not been able to look beyond their own world-view.
Both the Aboriginal Indigenous peoples, and our languages, are endangered. The answer is not paternalism--helping us to "adapt" to a changing world; but to look at why, and in what directions, the world is changing, and whose choices are generating those changes.
There need to be checks and balances in Western European thought. The abundant permaculture, the magnificent forests, the pristine waters and the multitude of other beings who lived in harmony with Ahnishinahbæótjibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous people, are the embodiment of our language, our culture, our egalitarian values, and our thought and our ways of life. Western European civilization has had five hundred years on this Continent, to prove the "superiority" that they asserted when they first came here. The ecosystem is shattered, their cities are ripped by violence, and the American Dream has always been an illusion for many. Many more, like the American farmer, touched the dream for a brief moment, only to have it slip away, and then it was gone.
If there is to be hope for anybody
in the future, we have to work together to recreate a network of
societies which provide for all people.
More than a hundred years ago, Bishop Whipple said, "this is a
crisis in your history; there are two paths before you, the one path
life and the other path leads to death."[i] The
Western Europeans and other civilized
peoples are standing at that place now, where two very different paths
before them. Their decision is no
longer up to them alone, because the consequences affect everybody. We must all find a way to work harmoniously
together, to create a balanced world for the generations yet to come.
17 1886, Minnesota Chippewa Commission
presentations at Red Lake, in Message from the President of the
States, transmitting Communication from the Secretary of the Interior,
papers relating to the Chippewa Indians in Minnesota, United States
49th Congress, 2d Session, Executive Document No. 115, Op. cit.,